Woman Shocked To Find Racially Charged Note On Windshield (Photos)

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An Alabama woman was shocked and outraged to find a note left on her windshield complete with a racial slur.

The unidentified woman said she noticed a note tucked under her windshield wiper in a Walmart parking lot on Thursday, and was shocked when she read what the author had written. “That’s not a parking place you stupid n*****!!!” the note read. The woman admitted that she parked illegally at the Walmart but told reporters that her parking was no excuse for such a mean-spirited, racist message.

“I thought this was so disgusting,” she said, adding that she was left shaken up by the incident. The woman said she only went into the store for a few minutes to buy crayons for her granddaughter, and acknowledged that she parked on yellow lines near a handicap spot by the front of the store.

“When I got to the front of my car and got in my car, that’s when I realized the note was on the windshield and I got out and said, ‘What the?’ I said, ‘What is this?’ and I read it and I got really upset,” she said. “I don’t think notes like this should exist or that someone should put something like this on someone else’s car because it is ridiculous.”

The woman reported the incident to Montgomery Police, and is hoping that surveillance video can help to find out who was behind the disturbing note. “I know that I was in the wrong spot. I realize that, but still, no one had the right to put anything on my vehicle,” she said. “No one should have to go through this. I don’t want to cause any problems, but I think actions should come forth.”

The stunned woman said that despite the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to Montgomery and some progress in regard to race relations in her state, incidents like this prove that there is still a long way to go. “After all of the stuff they’ve had over the past couple of weeks about trying to get us to stick together as one and then I get this on my car. It just started bringing back memories. It really did.”

Walmart released a statement following the incident, stating that they would cooperate with authorities if an investigation is launched.

“We’re sorry that our customer was the victim of this despicable behavior. We will assist law enforcement should they choose to investigate this matter further,” the statement read.

Sources: WSFAWSFB / Photo Credit: wsfa.com

Tags: Alabama, Note, Parking, Racism, Walmart
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5-Year-Old Boy’s Interaction With Homeless Man Leaves Entire Waffle House At Loss For Words (Video)

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A 5-year-old Alabama boy fed and said grace with a homeless man at a local Waffle House, bringing the entire restaurant to tears.

Josiah Duncan was at a Waffle House in Prattville, Alabama, with his mother, Ava Faulk, when he suddenly noticed a disheveled man outside the restaurant.

“We saw a man who was dirty holding a bag with his bike outside,” Faulk recounted to WBTV (video interview shown below). Duncan began to wonder why the man was outside by himself, appearing the way he did.

“He’s homeless,” Faulk explained. “What does that mean?” Duncan responded.

“And I said, ‘Well, that means he doesn’t have a home,’” Faulk told reporters.

“Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?” the little boy began asking.

Duncan was so stunned by the man’s situation that he begged his mother to buy him a meal. She listened, and invited ghe man inside the restaurant to eat.

“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Faulk said. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.” According to Faulk, the man originally just asked for a cheap hamburger, but she quickly insisted that he get whatever he wanted. He then asked if he could have bacon. “And I told him get as much bacon you want,” she said.

When the man got his food, Duncan said he wanted to do something special with him before he took the first bite.

“I wanted to say the blessing with him,” Duncan said.

“The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried,” Faulk said.

“You never know who the angel on Earth is, and when the opportunity comes you should never walk away from it,” she added. “Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.”

Sources: Daily MailWBTV

Photo Credit: Facebook, WBTV, Ava Faulk

Tags: Alabama, Boy, homeless, Man, video
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Surrounded By Fried Food, Man Undergoes Incredible Transformation (Photos)

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He used to weigh a quarter of a ton. Now he shows off his bulging biceps.

For 33-year-old John “Tiny” Likely, life has changed dramatically since he shed more than half his body weight of 500 pounds, and it’s all thanks to the staff at a fast food restaurant.

In late 2013, the owner of a Zaxby’s in Andalusia, Alabama, hired Likely as a fry cook, according to AL.com. Likely says he couldn’t keep up, couldn’t fit into the Zaxby’s uniform, and couldn’t even stand at his station for more than 10 minutes at a time.

“During the day I could just see how he struggled,” Scott Brown, owner of the Andalusia Zaxby’s, told ABC News.” “It made me hurt to watch him work, and I just thought, ‘You know we really need to do something.’”

Brown got Likely a gym membership, then-manager Klint Short became Likely’s physical trainer, and co-worker O.T. Green became the in-house nutritionist, passing along things he’d learned as a football player and in his high school anatomy class.

Not only did Likely’s co-workers help him work out and choose healthy meals, they also helped him remain vigilant, keeping Likely away from the fried food on days he was struggling. As of December, he weighs 239 pounds, but has more to lose.

Now Likely is a local celebrity: He has appeared on “Good Morning America,” he’s turned heads with his dramatic weight loss, and he’s even got a fan club through Facebook and his own website, TeamTiny81.com. On the site, he keeps a blog in which he writes about everything from healthy homemade smoothies to maintaining commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

“I barely could walk, I barely could breathe, life was a nightmare. I weighed more than 500 pounds and I found comfort and savior in a fast food restaurant,” Likely wrote on his website. “I managed to eat better so I could keep up with my team at work and by making small changes I was beginning to see big results.”

In the meantime, Likely has become a motivator, telling people that if he could dramatically change his life with weight loss, anyone can do it with determination. He also preaches the benefits of healthy food, like salads, fruits, eggs and grilled chicken.

During his “Good Morning America” appearance in July,  Likely received props from Chris Powell — the personal trainer behind ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” — for inspiring others. But he also made sure he shared the credit with his fast food friends who got him started on the healthy path.

“Everybody who chipped on the journey — my Team Tiny family, my Andalusia family, my blood family — I thank you,” Likely said. “You all believing in me made me believe in myself. You can do anything you put your mind to. Just because you’re one weight doesn’t mean you going end up that weight.”

Sources: AL.comABC NewsTeamTiny81 / Photo source John Likely via: AL.com

Tags: Alabama, Diet, Extreme Weight Loss, health, Zaxby's
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Here’s What This Chick-Fil-A Owner Did When A Homeless Man Walked In (Video)

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An Alabama Chick-fil-A owner is getting national attention for giving a seemingly homeless man a free meal and some gloves to help keep warm in the frigid Birmingham, Alabama, weather.

The man reportedly entered the restaurant this past Wednesday carrying what seemed like everything he owned. “My son and I were at the location on Highway 280 in Birmingham, AL,” witness Andrea Stoker said on Facebook, “when a man came in to escape the 35 degree temps and strong winds with all of his earthly possessions strapped to his back.”

While other restaurants might have asked him to leave, the Chick-fil-A’s owner, Mark Meadows, approached him and began a conversation.

“Yesterday at around 3:30 p.m. a gentleman walked in–I don’t know if he is homeless or not–but he walked up to me and asked if there was anything he could do to earn a little food,” Meadows told AL.com on Thursday. “I asked him if he had a pair of gloves because he kept rubbing his hands together.”

Meadows subsequently instructed an employee to prepare a meal for the man, and then gave him his own pair of gloves. “Most businesses would force him out,” Stoker wrote.

After Stoker wrote about the gesture on the company’s Facebook page, responses began pouring in from around the country. “I know the man and his family…..they are awesome Godly family. Mark is a perfect example of the hands and feet of Christ,” Facebook user Robin Cook commented. “Truett Cathy would be proud of this manager/owner,” another commenter, Larry Carruthers, said.

As it turns out, this isn’t the first time that Meadows has gained national acclaim for a good deed. In January of last year, he distributed hundreds of sandwiches and thousands of chicken biscuits to drivers stuck in the severe snow and ice storm that hit Birmingham and surrounding areas, and left traffic at a dead stop.

Meadows said he was not expecting his generosity to garner so much attention.

“I just did the right thing,” he said. “I’m simply awe struck about all this attention.”

Meadows, who is reportedly a relative of Chick-fil-A owner Truett Cathy, said incidents like the one that went viral happen at his restaurant regularly, and he always strives to lend a hand when he’s able to.

“I did what anyone should do.”

Sources: KATV, AL.com / Photo Credit: AL.com, katv.com

Tags: Alabama, Birmingham, Chick-fil-A, homeless, Mark Meadows
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